Cool Tech Tools and Curricular Resources
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English Language Arts Resources:
- NoRedInk for Adaptive Grammar. “Pros: Grammar practice incorporates student interests, upping engagement without detracting from concepts. Cons: Assignments and quizzes are didactic; paid version offers much more. Bottom Line: The easy assigning and tracking features for teachers -- matched with the interest-based questions for students -- take some of the grief out of grammar practice.” (From Common Sense Review of NoRedInk)
- CommonLit and how one high school English teacher uses it: “CommonLit's adaptive reading toolbar makes text accessible for students at a variety of reading levels and language abilities. It's perfect for English language learners and struggling readers. Every passage -- printed in PDF format or accessed online -- includes footnotes with vocabulary words and essential background information that is critical for kids to understand when reading a passage. The included discussion questions get students thinking critically about text during independent reading and beyond. Thinking about reading is further encouraged by text-dependent questions that are included with each passage. Learning can be extended even further through the use of the suggested paired texts, related media, and useful suggestions to engage parents and extend learning at home. These resources really lend themselves well to building students' background knowledge on a specific topic. They're also a great choice for homework assignments, remediation, and extension activities around the same topic.” (from Common Sense Review of CommonLit)
- ReadWriteThink from NCTE
- TTribune from the Smithsonian: “free online educational service offered by the Smithsonian for use by K-12 grade Teachers and students. TTribune consists of daily news sites for kids, tweens, and teens, and includes text, photos, graphics, and audio and/or video materials prepared by the Smithsonian and others about current events, history, art, culture and science. TTribune also includes lessons, instructional and assessment tools, and opportunities for the registered users to communicate with other participants” (TTribune FAQs).
- Story Wars
- Using Screencasts for Writing Assessment and Reflection
- NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month happens every November! It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants writing event where the challenge is to draft an entire novel in just 30 days. The Young Writers Program supports K–12 students and educators, including complete curricula that will guide your class through its entire noveling journey, with Common Core-aligned lesson plans and student workbooks from prewriting to publishing.
- Adichie, Kureishi, Hurston: what authors should be in the 'decolonised' canon?
- Postcolonial Texts for the High School English Classroom: Rationale and a Resource List
Social Studies Resources:
- Historical Thinking Skills Chart
- The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features a set of primary documents designed for groups of students with a range of reading skills.
- Civic Online Reasoning: These assessments show students online content—a webpage, a conversation on Facebook, or the comment section of a news article—and ask them to reason about that content.
- Beyond the Bubble unlocks the vast digital archive of the Library of Congress to create History Assessments of Thinking (HATs). Explore over 80 easy-to-use assessments that measure students' historical thinking rather than recall of facts.
Digital Literacy/Digital Privacy and Security:
Math Tech Tools
Math Curriculum and Assessment Resources
Collection of Daily Routines for Math Classes
Big and Heavy Tasks
One-off Math Resources
Math Blogposts and Articles
- Google Arts and Culture: A one-stop shop for a vast amount of compellingly curated and contextualized art with ability to sort by timeline view
Library and Research
Assessment and Reflection:
Process Deck from Kristen Willett at Barrington Middle School
Assessment Design: A Matrix to Assess Your Assessments by Grant Wiggins
Performance Task Quality Checklist for Rigor, Relevance and Agency from (re)Design
Models of Excellence by Ron Berger from Edweek on the question do students have a vision of what success looks like?
Single Point Rubric
Proficiency-Based Learning Resources from Great Schools Partnership RI Learning Champions
Performance Assessment Resource Bank from Stanford and CCSSO
Mastery/Competency-Based Learning Resources from (re)Design including
Cleveland Metropolitan School District School-wide and Content Area High School Competencies for their Competency-Based Opportunity By Design Schools
Open Resources from Building 21 including
How can we Flip Assessment to build a PBL Culture? From BIE Blog
Why Giving Effective Feedback is Trickier Than It Seems from Katrina Schwartz at MindShift (great final section on equity)
The Hess Cognitive Rigor Matrices combining Bloom’s Taxonomy and DOK
Tech Tools for Assessment
Health and Wellness
- Amaze takes the awkward out of sex ed. Real info in fun, animated videos that give you all the answers you actually want to know about sex, your body and relationships.
- Meditation and Mindfulness:
Social Emotional Learning:
- My friend Greg’s open-source Social Emotional Learning Curriculum from Alpha Public Schools combining advisory and physical education
- Forget Grit. Focus on Inequality.
- Mindset Kit: A resource from Stanford researchers who developed the concepts on Growth Mindset, where educators and parents can learn about and find the most effective learning mindset materials available. All of their resources are based on research that has been carefully translated into lessons and practices intended to improve students’ mindsets and make them better learners.
- Mindset Meter from Stanford PERTS: A survey for students that helps to assess students’ feelings around growth mindset and deeper learning.
- Character Lab: Advancing the science and practice of character development so that all students can reach their full potential.
Tech Integration and Blended Learning
General Teacher Professional Learning:
Culturally Responsive Teaching
- The Boston Basics great N-3 resources for families and caregivers in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole
UDL/ Students with Special Needs
Designing Learning Spaces
- Resources from The Space: A Guide for Educators by Bob Dillon and Rebecca Hare
- 12 Ways to Upgrade Your Classroom Design from Cult of Pedagogy blog
- Youtube playlist of 11 five-minute videos about The Space
- Have you completed a classroom audit? Do you have a sense of how your learning space supports students? Try this tool.
- Looking for a protocol to use around designing spaces for quiet. This protocol includes questions and first steps.